Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Complacency is the Silent Killer of Careers

Complacency is the Silent Killer of Careers


Motivational Power Quote


Complacency is the Silent Killer of Careers

"Each success only buys

an admission ticket

to a more difficult problem."

Henry Kissinger, 56th US Secretary of State


As I see it. . . . . . . .

Complacency is the silent killer of careers  

The fruits of success can lead to complacency. You can see it in professional sports, business and in people's personal lives. We have all seen people who have experienced success and could have taken their career to the next level. But they choose to become complacent and they never became the success that they capable of being.  

Complacency becomes a trap and a silent killer of careers.  

Success creates the opportunity to try again. The more success we achieve the more opportunities we invite.    

Be on the lookout for the silent killer of complacency.  

Don't turn off the energy switch that powers your career efforts; keep your career burning brightly and keep the energy flowing into your career.  

Do not misuse your time on non productive tasks; stay focused on your most productive and success building activities.  

Be aware of taking shortcuts they can take you off track and can lead to failure; maintain your success habits.   

Don't have a sense of entitlement; we earn our results from our efforts. Do your best and the best will come back to you with increased dividends.  

Your next success is an effort away.   

Complacency is the silent killer of careers. Don't allow complacency to kill your career or to block your success.  

©2011 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author





Comment balloon 12 commentsLou Ludwig • March 13 2011 10:15AM


Hello Lou, you are right on with this one.  Once we fall in the complacency trap we are doomed to fail.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 8 years ago


This is a great post, and a good reminder to avoid one of my biggest traps, which is slowing down when I get busy.  Thanks for reminding me to get into gear.


Posted by Tamara Elliott-Deering (Central Metro Realty) about 8 years ago

Lou, great quote.  I sometimes think the measure of success is when we have a lot of fires to put out.  There is no place for complacency.

Posted by Kimberly A Norgard (Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate) about 8 years ago


If you read the 4-hour work week by Timothy Ferris, it states the same thing.

Great post!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) about 8 years ago

I like that quote a lot.  There was a song in the 90s titled "Mo money, mo problems" suggesting that as success and money come in the problems just got worse.  It's true. On the other hand, success is about balance.  A well run business is consistent and continues to grow in measured steps.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 8 years ago

Lou - there is no standing still in this world ..... if you are not constantly evolving, growing moving forward ..... then you are going backwards by default as the world around you continues on the forward path

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 8 years ago

GREAT quote Lou...thanks for sharing it....I hope you have a successful week, but first enjoy one last day of the weekend!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 8 years ago

yes I think I was going through this for awhile. Now back to work, back to prospecting, back to getting deals done.

Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

I think Henry Kissinger solved more challenges than he ever came across. The man was a genius. Secretary of State is just one of those jobs that comes with the title of trouble shooter.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 8 years ago


And Henry Kissinger was certainly in a position to know.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Lou,  Excellent quote and an even better explanation.  Thank you.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Lou~Thanks for the post, great comments. We must not sit on our laurels once we have reached our desired goals.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) about 8 years ago